In Sept 2012 my husband and I spent 4 nights at the Rio(across the street from the Palms). Each day we took the short walk over to the Palms to eat and gamble. We enjoyed our experience so much we plan on staying there the next time we are in Vegas. What we enjoyed about the Palms was the food options and gambling experience. In terms of food, we are budget eaters and the Palms has several inexpensive food options. The lunch buffett, although not extravagent was only $8-perfect for our small appetites. The 24/7 Cafe has daily specials(check on the website for details)-For example every day you can get Prime Rib and a baked potatoe for $7, Steak and eggs for $7, on Wed there is all you can eat barbecue for $10-You do need a players club card to take advantage of these prices. The specials are not on the menu so you have to ask for them. The food court has a lot of options also. We had a lot of fun gambling. During the daytime, the casino was not crowded, drink service was easy to come by and we had luck on the penny slots. We are not aggressive gamblers and even though we didnt spend a lot on the slots we were offered two comped rooms on our next trip plus extra nights for $30/night. This is the best deal we have recieved from Vegas hotels. The Gold Coast and Rio are a short walk across the street and you don't have to deal with the crowded sidewalks of the Vegas strip. Despite the reputation the Palms has for being a party/concert scene for the young folks, we never felt out of place when were there during the daytime. Fot those who are on a budget or looking for other entertainment then gambling, The Palms has a movie theater and the Gold Coast has a bowling alley. Can't wait to go back!